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Provides strategic leadership, vision, and direction in the operations, maintenance, regulatory compliance, and improvement of the Hydroelectric Operations while supporting the mission of the Northern California Power Agency as directed by the agency members, general manager and assistant general manager. This position directs the overall financial and operational performance of NCPA’s hydroelectric power plants (259 MW), seven (7) reservoirs, 230 KV transmission line, recreation facilities, and other infrastructure. Manages, motivates, influences and directs the work activities of approximately 18 staff, including the unionized O&M crew, to ensure the safe, effective, and optimized operation of the hydroelectric projects.
Essential Duties (other duties may be assigned):
Development of Hydroelectric operations, maintenance, and compliance processes and staff to ensure facilities are operated in safe, environmentally responsible, efficient and cost-effective manner while meeting hydro department, generation services, and agency goals and objectives.
Effectively manages assets to ensure units maintain the highest possible availability and are effectively optimized against CAISO market opportunities. Ensures Plant Capability data is current and operates the plants to schedule.
Maintains regulatory compliance with all Federal, State, and local regulations and associated permits, including three (3) FERC licenses and all applicable safety and environmental regulations. Oversees subordinate Chief Dam Safety Engineer and manages the dam safety program. Represents Hydro with regulatory agencies including FERC, DWR DSOD, USFS, CDFW, SWRCB, local county jurisdictions, USGS, NERC, CALOSHA, etc. Manages FERC relicensing activities, as applicable.
Develops, monitors and reviews an annual budget of approximately $55M and provides cost containment where possible. Identifies and recommends future budget requirements. Identifies and justifies capital improvement programs through cost benefit analysis for the projects. Oversees and approves all procurement and purchasing. Develops or reviews budgets, annual plans, power contracts, power rates, standing operating procedures, power reviews, or engineering studies. Works closely with the NCPA Power Management team to optimize the value of the plant. Understands the energy market dynamics.
Attends and contributes to agency team activities; Facilities Committee (Project Participants), Safety Committee, Budget Workshops, Strategic Planning and Agency Annual meetings.
Implements, manages, updates and maintains plant procedures, site policies, training programs, safety programs and work practices. Manages the safety program for Hydroelectric Operations and ensures compliance with all required safety program requirements as dictated by regulatory agencies and agency guidelines. Monitors and enhances safety programs to reduce reportable accidents and lost time accidents. Participates as an active team member in the agency-wide safety committee.
Provides leadership, team building, mentoring and coaching. Manages the hiring and training of all plant personnel. Assures a positive working environment by maintaining discipline, morale, and employee relations. Prepares performance reviews, salary recommendations, and disciplinary recommendations. Interprets bargaining agreement (MOU) and participates in labor contract negotiations.
Represents NCPA in the local community for public relations and community interaction. Provide liaison and coordination with Calaveras County Water District (CCWD), Utica Water & Power Authority (UWPA), and other local public agencies.
Develops or implements projects to improve efficiency, economy, or effectiveness of hydroelectric plant operations. Monitors plant performance, investigates and corrects abnormal conditions. Evaluates and implements commercial (contractual, taxes, etc.) initiatives designed to improve the overall economics for the assets.
Supervises hydropower plant equipment installations, upgrades, or maintenance. Manages contractors and subcontractors.
Implements, manages, updates and maintains a CMMS system. Directs and coordinates operations and maintenance activities of the power plant through the use of this system.
Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in engineering from an accredited four-year college or university, and a minimum of 10 years of power plant experience in a supervisory or managerial role, including a detailed understanding of electrical generation power plants such as operations and maintenance of hydroelectric facilities, CMMS systems, EH&S standards, procedures of regulatory and government agencies including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the California energy markets, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to effectively present and communicate information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Ability to take effective action in the event of major equipment breakdown or other plant emergency. Ability to work in rough natural terrain and noisy environments with the presence of safety hazards that must be properly managed to ensure safe operations.
Must possess unrestricted CA Driver’s License & clean driving record.
The Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), a California Joint Action Agency, was established in 1968 by a consortium of locally owned electric utilities to make joint investments in energy resources that would ensure an affordable, reliable, and clean supply of electricity for customers in its member communities. NCPA members include municipalities, a rural electric cooperative, and other publicly owned entities for which the not-for-profit agency provides such services as the purchase, aggregation, scheduling, and management of electrical energy.
Most critically for its 16 members, NCPA over the past four decades has constructed and today operates and maintains a fleet of power plants that is among the cleanest in the nation, and that provides reliable and affordable electricity to more than 700,000 Californians. NCPA made a major investment in renewable energy in the early 1980s when it developed two geothermal power plants and financed and built a 250 megawatt hydroelectric facility. Thirty years later, these resources continue to generate reliable, emission-free electricity for its member communities.
NCPA’s 796-megawatt portfolio of power plants is approximately 55% gr...eenhouse gas emission-free. NCPA’s mix of geothermal, hydroelectric, and natural gas resources is well positioned to help its members achieve California’s goal of a 60% Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) by 2030. NCPA member utilities also have invested heavily in the most environmentally friendly form of electricity—the megawatts that you don’t use.
NCPA’s commitment to the environment reflects its status as a not-for-profit public entity whose policies and values are set not by investors, but by locally elected or appointed officials who serve as the energy regulators in the cities, towns, and districts that are members of the Agency.